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Alteryx Design Pattern: Quickly Creating Test or Sample Data

Use Case:

You want to know something can work (ie test) or you want to get started on a project or keep moving while data at the source might have a problem that is being addressed. Either way you don’t want to stop moving because of external situations. I use this all the time when I am creating examples for others or creating data sets for a macro I am building.



  1. Input Data
  2. Filter to subset if needed
  3. Select data you want to use (you can do this by rows or values in a  column)
  4. Right click, select “Copy Selected Cells with Headers”
  5. Right click on the blank canvas, select Paste

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